Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey - 5 talking points
The Spanish Armada romped to a comfortable victory over the hapless Turks on Friday night at Nice courtesy of a brace from Alvaro Morata to go with a Nolito strike. In doing so, Vicente del Bosque’s men punched their ticket to the round of 16, where they are likely to advance as group champions.
In a one-sided affair that saw the Turkish side lay down their arms by the time the game clock struck sixty minutes, the Spanish proved once again why they are one of the favourites for the title.
Here are five of the biggest talking points from the Group D clash that might have sealed the fate for one of the sides.
#1 Be afraid, be very afraid
A Spanish side firing on all cylinders – looking slick with their passing and finishing off opportunities at the end of it is a sight to behold for all football lovers. For the opposing sides, however, it’s a sight to be afraid of. And going by their display at Nice on Friday night, they probably are the first side in the competition about whom you can use the phrase “functioning like a well-oiled machine”.
Their domination in terms of possession and a solid defence were predictable aspects. However, with their incisiveness in the final third and their clinical finishing, they look like the complete package. And it worked not only in terms of the execution but also the planning as far as the Spaniards go.
While Nolito and David Silva squeezed more infield to provide Alvaro Morata with more support up front, the full-backs, Jordi Alba and Juanfran provided more firepower with their marauding runs. All this culminated in Spain not only winning the lion's share of possession, but also the game in the most handsome of fashions.